Over the Top: American Posters from World War I

October 25, 2007 — February 3, 2008

Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and G Streets, NW)
This is a US government bonds poster with a man carrying an American flag

Sidney H. Riesenberg, Over the Top for You, 1918, Lent by Thomas L. and Edward L. Pulling

Over the Top: American Posters from World War I features 44 war bond posters, focusing on the four Liberty Loan campaigns, the War Savings Stamp program, the Victory Loan and support for the Red Cross. These persuasive images, with bold graphics and concise commands, encouraged citizens to support the troops, contribute to the Red Cross and buy bonds to finance America's participation in the war. The posters, selected from the collection of Thomas and Edward Pulling, are a fascinating window into the American experience in the early twentieth century. Joann Moser, senior curator for graphic arts, is the exhibition curator.


Over the Top: American Posters from World War I is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition's tour is supported in part by the C.F. Foundation, Atlanta.